Here are some useful tutorials and services that we recommend for the competition.
We have a fantastic list of service sponsors this year. These APIs, tools, and services are allowed and encouraged to be used during the competition this weekend.
Separate from the official Joyent-sponsored NKO ubuntu instance, Joyent is also offering up to $130 worth* of access to Manta. If you haven’t heard of Manta yet, it’s Joyent’s object store with built in map/reduce. In other words "upload your data, then crunch on it in-place".
Some examples of how you can use Manta:
Please note all of your project’s executable code assets still need to be hosted on Joyent during the competition for auditing purposes.
myBalsamiq is the cloud-based version of Mockups, the rapid wireframing software that combines the comfort and simplicity of paper sketching with the power of a digital tool. myBalsamiq makes Mockups more powerful for teams with features for remote collaborative design including versioning and branching, web-accessible low-fi prototypes, project access levels, SSL, RSS, and email integration.
Balsamiq can be used for digital wireframing of your NKO entry beforehand. Just please no digital assets, and post screenshots of all your wireframes to your team resources page at the end of the competition.
Cloudant database as a service (DBaaS) is the first data management platform to leverage the availability, elasticity, and reach of the cloud to create a global data delivery network (DDN) that enables applications to scale larger and remain available to users wherever they are. Sign up here.
Concurix is a real-time visual profiler, Node.js debuggger, and offers production snapshot debugging. They’re offering unlimited usage of analysis tools for participants during and after the competition. Sign up for an account here. You can find a detailed tutorial on how to use it is here.
Firebase is a real-time backend for building collaborative, modern applications. By replacing the traditional request / response model with a data synchronization approach, developers can get apps up and running in minutes. Apps built with Firebase can be written entirely with client-side code, scale automatically, and update across clients in real-time. Sign up for a free developer account here.
Lunacloud is a cloud infrastructure and cloud platform provider. It provides Cloud Server (compute per hour), Cloud Storage (storage per GB with S3 API), Cloud Appliance (including a pre-built Cloud Node.js), Cloud Mongo (MongoDB as a Service) and Cloud Jelastic (Java, PHP and Ruby cloud hosting platform) services.
LunaCloud is offering 200 EUR (approximately 260 USD) in service credits to all Node Knockout contestants, free of any charge or commitment, to use with any Lunacloud services. That’s a lot more than 96 GB RAM + 8 CPU + 2 TB DISK space for 3 full days, for free! Create your account here. Then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the account to be activated. You not only have a huge amount of free resources to use during this year’s Node Knockout hackathon but it also leaves you with a lot more to use after it!
HTTP Caching (EdgeCaching) allows you to handle any amount of traffic directly from the edge. MaxCDN’s advanced hardware and always-on provisioning make a fast and cost-effective solution to handle your traffic.
Modulus is a Node.js hosting platform that gives you the tools to quickly and easily launch and scale your Node.js applications. Along with tools to get you up and running in minutes you also receive in depth analytics on your application and how it’s performing. Plus MongoDB hosting available right along side of your application to give you one home for your complete stack. Get started for free by creating an account and launching your first project. You can read over the Getting Started guide or just download the CLI. Use promo code ’NKO4’ for an extra month of free service when you sign up here.
MongoLab is a fully-managed MongoDB-as-a-Service featuring highly-available MongoDB databases, automated backups, web-based tools, 24/7 monitoring, and expert support. Sign up here for a free sandbox account.
NewRelic allows developers to get immediate code-level visibility and build faster, more reliable web and mobile applications. Their promo code "NODEKO" which can be sent to all the participants for Node Knockout. It’s good for 30 days of Pro version of New Relic.
Pop.co is the ridiculously easy way to get your idea online. In less than a minute, we’ll set you up with: A .CO domain, Google Apps for Business set up immediately on the domain (including automatic GMail setup of email@example.com), a starter web page, and dead simple DNS management to point your domain to third party services/hosting.
PubNub is the world’s only global real-time network. They make it easy to build, deploy and scale real-time apps for any device. PubNub provides all of the key building blocks for real-time apps, including Data Push - so you can push data to global audiences on any device using persistent socket connections. Presence - so you can detect when users enter/leave your app and whether machines are online. And Storage & Playback - so you can store real-time data streams for future retrieval and playback. Use the Worlds Fastest and Largest Global Real-time Network for your hackathon for free! Check out the getting started guide.
Pusher is a hosted API for quickly, easily and securely adding scalable realtime functionality to web and mobile apps. They believe that your developer time is best spent making awesome features, not creating infrastructure. Use Pusher to build features such as notifications, activity streams, chat, data visualisations, Social TV experiences and multiplayer games. Sign up for the free Sandbox account.
Segment.io lets you send your analytics data to any service you’d like, without having to integrate each one individually. With the click of a button, you can start sending data to any of our 50+ integrations using a single, clean API.
If you’re doing anything with audio or video in your application, Zencoder is here to make things easier. They provide a simple API for transcoding files or live streams, and are giving free transcoding minutes to all participants. Learn more here.